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Thousands to get $250 ‘thank you’ from NSW government

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The vouchers will go to households with school-aged children. (Images: Getty).
The vouchers will go to households with school-aged children. (Images: Getty).

The NSW government will give families with school-aged children $250 vouchers as a “thank you” for three months of remote learning due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

Premier Dominic Perrottet and treasurer Matt Kean announced the vouchers on Thursday as part of a $2.8 billion economic package designed to stimulate the lockdown-hit economy.

The vouchers will be available through Service NSW in early 2022 for households that had at least one child in school in 2021.

“One of the biggest challenges for so many families during lockdowns was learning from home, and now as life returns to normal we want to encourage people to get out and boost economic activity,” Perrottet said.

“In many senses this is a ‘Thank You’ that will go some small way towards helping family finances that took a big hit and at the same time supporting businesses and jobs.”

It comes after the state government announced NSW residents would receive additional $50 vouchers to spend on accommodation anywhere within the state.

The $530 million Stay and Rediscover vouchers can be used at hotels, camping grounds, caravan parks and other forms of accommodation.

They’re in addition to the Dine and Discover vouchers, which have been extended to June 2022.

NSW adults are able to claim up to $150 in Dine and Discover vouchers, after the state government distributed two extra $25 vouchers to residents in a bid to revive the economy earlier this year.

It means that two-parent households with children in NSW are now eligible for $450 in vouchers to spend on accommodation, dining and leisure activities.

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